Intellectual Quotes

All intellectual improvement arises from leisure.

What is best for man? That he should possess intellect. If he lack intellect, then money whereby he will be respected. If he lack money, then a wife who will conceal his faults. If he lack a wife, then silence will hide his defects. And if he lack silence, then the best thing for him […]

Why, life must be filled up, and the man who is not capable of intellectual pleasures must content himself with such as his senses can afford.

A desk is a dangerous place from which to watch the world.

The intellectual is constantly betrayed by his own vanity. Godlike, he blandly assumes that he can express everything in words.

(The intelligensia.) For various reasons this shadowy caste is largely made up of men who have official stamps upon their learning – that is, of professors, of doctors of philosophy; outside of academic circles it tends to shade off very rapidly into a half-world of isolated anarchists. One of those reasons is plain enough: the […]

A man may walk intellectually among the stars and grovel morally among the swine.

One thing that Hitler and his frineds have demonstrated is what a relatively good time the intellectual has had during the past hundred years. After all, how does the persecution of Joyce, Lawrence, Whitman, Baudelaire, even Oscar Wilde, compare with the kind of thing that has been happening to Liberal intellectuals all over Europe since […]

At a ceertain age, people’s minds close up. They live on their intellectual fat.

Intellects whose desires have outstripped their understanding.